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Vehicles are seen in a traffic jam during weekday rush hour in Beijing January 10, 2011.
Vehicles are seen in a traffic jam during weekday rush hour in Beijing January 10, 2011.
(LARRY DOWNING/REUTERS)

NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE

The unique trials and tribulations of taking China’s road test

On Monday afternoon, I cracked open a thin black billfold to gaze at a possession worthy of the kind of regard usually reserved for something actually important, like a family heirloom.

It is a piece of green paper the size of a business card, laminated and bearing a small photo of me. It is my new Chinese drivers licence.